The school district in western Wisconsin grieving the loss of two students who died in a car accident have received an overwhelming amount of support from nearby schools.
Michael Magnuson and Grace Schradle, both 16, were in a car that collided with a semi truck/trailer in Polk County, with the collision forcing their car into the ditch where it rolled and came to a rest on the roof.
The crash was reported to 911 dispatch at 1:49 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Hwy. 63 and 60th Ave. near the Town of Clear Lake. Investigators say the car, driven by Magnuson,, slowed at the intersection but didn't stop at the stop sign and collided with the side of the semi trailer as it was crossing from .
"Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the family and community as we all continue to get through this tragic event," the Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a release.
Magnuson and Schradle were students at Clayton School District, which has been overwhelmed with support in the days since the tragic accident.
According to Schradle's obituary, her passion was volleyball, in addition to playing basketball, softball and riding horseback.
Competing volleyball teams have honored Schradel, Magnuson and Clayton School District by using the #ClaytonStrong mantra and wearing Clayton colors, purple and gold.
"When St. Croix Falls hosts our match tomorrow, they have invited us to join them in honoring the memory of Clayton junior volleyball player Grace Schradle by having fans wear purple," Grantsburg Volleyball wrote in a Facebook post. "Coach Jen and several of her SCF players (and a few of ours) have worked with or competed with the much-loved Grace in Club Red."
The School District of Amery did the same in a match against Cameron.
"In support of our neighboring school and community of Clayton, last night the Warrior volleyball team, Amery fans, Cameron fans and high school volleyball matches all over northwest WI wore purple and observed moments of silence," the district announced.
"This world was better with her in it. Now, she will live within all of us," says the obituary for Schradle.
Magnuson was also a three-sport athlete – playing football, basketball and soccer – and had dreams of becoming a military engineer.
"He looked forward to joining the U.S. Air Force, hopefully becoming an officer and getting a degree in engineering," his obituary says, adding that he loved spending time with friends, "especially Grace."